In the great annals of celebrity engagements, there have been some pretty huge rocks to salivate over. Sure, indie dreamboat Justin Theroux’s engagement ring to Jennifer Aniston is impressive, but it has nothing on some of the more expensive and impressive diamond engagement rings in “the biz.”
There are some guys who don’t want to just pop the question – they want to pop the minute hands, the hour hands and all the numbers off the biological clock of every woman who lays her eyes on their lady’s ring. Here are the five most expensive celebrity engagement rings.
1. Kim Kardashian
She’s the essence of the modern American dream – a reality star famous for being famous and having a rather, ahem, curvaceous body. When her former fiancé Kris Humphries popped the question, he did so with a 16.5-carat diamond flanked by two 2-carat diamonds worth a reported $2 million. The best part is that they broke up and the entire engagement was a reality show hoax and she failed to give the ring back. Luckily, Kanye West came along and threw down $8 million on a new ring when he popped the question and they gloriously became KimYe and rode into the sunset on a white horse.
2. Beyonce Knowles
Most people know her as simply Be, or Destiny’s Only Child – most people also know her now husband as Jay Z. He recently lost the hyphen (originally Jay-Z) and together they are known as Bey-Z; you lose a hyphen and gain a hyphen, it’s the economics of being one of the most powerful couples in the music biz. So it makes sense that he would pop the question with an 18-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond worth an astounding $5 million. After all, he is worth nearly a billion dollars.
3. Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey is ten years older than her former husband Nick Cannon – who permanently looks twelve – but that didn’t stop the two from having two kids together. It also didn’t stop Nick from giving her a recycled ring from his former engagement to Selita Ebanks; a 17-carat pink diamond that is worth about $2.5 million. It also didn’t stop Mariah from accepting the ring. How could you turn down a diamond like that? But alas, not all celebrity couples last – Nick and Mariah were recently separated (cue a hysterical crying fit or a round of applause, it’s totally up to you). Oh and let’s hope Nick had a prenup, because he could make all that money back and then some.
4. Khloe Kardashian
If Kim is the luxury sedan of the Kardashian clan, then Khloe is the Ford Fiesta – let’s get real here people. This was definitely proven when Lamar Odom slammed a measly $800 thousand – not even a million bucks – on a 12.5-carat radiant-cut diamond ring when he popped the question. For a dude worth over a $100 million, this kind of put’s Khloe in her place, but 800 Gs is still an impressive number, especially for an engagement ring.
5. Anna Kournikova
Retired Russian tennis player and person no one talks about anymore, Anna Kournikova was presented with a $2.5 million 11 carat pink pear-cut diamond from middle-aged Spanish sexpot Enrique Iglesias when he popped the question. Good for Anna – that tennis money ain’t going to last long, while that Bailamos (Let the rhythm take you over…) money will most likely keep rolling in forever. I mean seriously, dig through your old CDs and find that single – look at that sultry face, look at it – it will change your life!!
As you can see, celebrities like to drop some serious dough when they profess their love. And they do so despite the fact that most entertainment marriages don’t last longer than a season of True Blood – scratch that – Downton Abbey – scratch that – True Detective. Time really is a flat circle, isn’t it? It’s perfect, because there is nothing like a diamond to say, “I love you” – when you are in the moment, nothing else matters. Life is short, right? But that doesn’t mean you need to spend a million dollars on a diamond engagement ring – you certainly can – but if you don’t have the scratch, a more modest diamond will definitely do the trick.